Worse than dating.
Lots of new fangled vacuums, all making promises I didn't believe. Finally tried The Shark. It was super powerful, small, solidly made, with Hepa filter, and had a plug, so I didn't have to worry about bum recharging. It cost less than $50. Perfect.
Problems? In the small vacuum category this really is pretty perfect, but we would very much like it to be bagless and not have such cheap plastic hoses.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 09.29.05)